Efficiency Maine recognizes Falmouth fourth-graders for green message

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FALMOUTH — Plummer-Motz School wasn’t named “greenest school in America,” but officials recognized Jennifer Merrifield’s fourth-grade students for their hard work and green message last week.

The class’ video was selected as a top 10 entry into the nationwide America’s Greenest School contest last month. Officials from Efficiency Maine and the organization’s mascot, PowerSleuth Fox, presented the students with recognition awards last week.

“Judging by what’s happening here at Plummer-Motz School, the energy future of Maine is in good hands,” Efficiency Maine Program Director John Brautigam said during the award ceremony.

The students in the class created a video explaining how easy it is to reduce electricity and fuel use, by encouraging people to do things like turning off lights when they leave a room and car-pooling to school.

The video was entered in the America’s Greenest School competition, which awarded a hybrid school bus to the winner. While Falmouth did not win, Brautigam said the online vote was very close.

He told the students that it was important that they remember that not only had they produced a video that showed how they could be the greenest school in America, but that they also had put into practice all the green suggestions in the video.

“You learned about saving energy and that is a great thing for yourselves, your school and for the whole state of Maine,” Brautigam said.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net

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Jen Merrifield and her fourth-graders at Plummer-Motz School in Falmouth are joined by John Brautigam, director of Efficiency Maine, and program mascot Addison the Power Sleuth Fox on May 7 to celebrate the class’ Top 10 finish in the America’s Greenest School contest.

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